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All the Right Moves

In a presentation, the majority of the message is in the performance of the content. Your physical actions help bring your words to life. In a featured article published in the PresentationXpert newsletter, Tom Mucciolo shares some techniques for using body language, positioning, movement, and gestures to enhance the delivery of content.

Read the whole story: All the Right Moves: Use Body Actions to Capture Interest

Observing Body Language

The actions of the body can add or detract from the speaker’s words, depending on the level of consistency in the movements. A recent Charlie Rose interview of Bill Gates offers an opportunity to see how the hands are used to emphasize key points, and where the challenges exist when the actions are inconsistent.

Click on the image to navigate to the video clip.Bill Gates - Charlie Rose - Interview

The Three Little Smiles

Once upon a time… a speaker claimed it was difficult to get an audience excited about information simply because the content was so boring. Content is never boring — people are boring. A boring presenter delivers boring details. While there are a number of ways to bring content to life, the most obvious method is to smile. You can choose from any of the three kinds of smiles: outside, inside, and in-depth. Read more… →

Make Better Connections in Online Delivery

Using our research-based assessment tools, which measure the effectiveness of presenters, there appears to be a significant drop in quality when even highly rated “live” speakers deliver online content, specifically webinars, where the venue is limited to voice-over driven content. Read more… →

Depth-Charge Your Talk

The DEPTH of your space is the most critical element to consider when positioning yourself in front of an audience. The only dimension that adds value is depth. Height and width are accepted instantly, but depth perception requires concentration and therefore creates an enduring effect. Read more… →

More or Less Eye Contact?

The common belief is that when interacting with someone, you should always make as much eye contact as possible. This is true when you are LISTENING. You would like to appear 100% attentive, so making eye contact with the person is critical. But what about when you are SPEAKING? Read more… →

Take a MINUTE to Relax

Some say the nervousness before a performance is both natural and necessary. While nature may create the feeling, it is certainly not necessary. If you can eliminate the jitters BEFORE a presentation, you will be able to deliver your message more effectively. Read more… →

Stumped by a Question? “E” Words Can Help!

Have you even been asked a question and you did not know the answer? Whether this happens to you in a presentation, meeting, phone conference, or just in casual conversation, the feeling of not being able to respond immediately can be frustrating. Well, don’t despair! Help has arrived! Read more… →

Directing Sarcasm

The element of caring is one of 21 skills preferred by audiences. One of the challenges to caring is a presenter’s use of sarcasm when delivering a talk. Read more… →

Give ’em a Hand on Broadway

You can learn a lot about the power of hand gestures by watching Ben Vereen and the entire cast from the Broadway musical PIPPIN. Read more… →